Wish I Wrote That #1 – “My Love” (Paul McCartney)

Now that I’m back in the studio again and well and truly back in the land of the living I think it’s about time to start putting up some videos again.

I’ve already put up some videos for SongDare now its time to start putting up some Wish I Wrote That videos.

Essentially, I get inspired by the songs of others just as much as I do writing my own songs. I feel that learning and playing the songs that inspire me is the best way for me to really know the song and the songwriting lessons behind it.

I want to share with you a video of me playing “My Love” by Paul McCartney (and Wings) at the Open Mic @ The Dan last Wednesday night.

“My Love” by (from Red Rose Speedway in 1973) is one of my all time favourite love songs and it’s one of those masterpieces that I wish I had written.

I love how the melody and the chord progression blend together perfectly and while the lyrics may seem a little simplistic, they allow the melody to shine through to its fullest effect.

Enjoy…

My Love – Paul McCartney

And when I go away
I know my heart can stay with my love
It’s understood
It’s in the hands of my love
And my love does it good
Whoa, whoa
My love does it good

And when the cupboards bare
I’ll still find something there with my love
It’s understood
It’s everywhere with my love
And my love does it good
Whoa, whoa
My love does it good

Oh my love, oh my love
Only my love holds the other key to me
Oh my love, oh my love
Only my love does it good to me

Don’t ever ask me why
I never say goodbye to my love
It’s understood
It’s everywhere with my love
And my love does it good
Whoa, whoa
My love does it good

Oh my love, oh my love
Only my love holds the other key to me
Oh my love, oh my love
Only my love does it good to me
Whoa, whoa, whoa

For me, this song is quite simply an inspired work of art.

Peace,

Corey :)

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CD Project Update #12 – Vocals

Despite me writing in my last CD project update that I was feeling very nervous about going back into the studio after such a long break, I had a great time in the studio today.

As Darren was busy this week I decided that I’d start putting down vocal tracks and by the end of todays session I had 7 songs completed.

  • Girl Like You
  • Back Of My Mind
  • Half Hearted Man
  • Shadows
  • Leave It All Behind
  • Missing You Already
  • Mountain Top

Todays session was the my first one post illness, and the main thing I’ve noticed is that my singing voice is much more reliable. Since I finished my course of antibiotics I’ve been feeling much clearer in my sinuses which has allowed me to become more confident in my singing.

I’m finding that lower and higher ranges are easy to get to and my overall pitching and ability to hold a note has improved dramatically. I had a feeling that was the case in my live shows but this was the first time I have heard this new and improved voice recorded and played back to me

I’m liking that a lot…

Next week Darren and I go back into the studio for some more guitar overdubs. Bring it on!

Peace,

Corey :)

A New Addition To Corey Stewart Online – Articles

In an attempt to streamline my blogging activities and consolidate my online footprint, I’ve decided to add an articles page to Corey Stewart Online.

I’ll be doing this by phasing out my earlier blogs Songwriting Zen, Orangutang Music and Corey Stewart Songwriting Tips and amalgamating all of my content into the Corey Stewart Online articles page.

This is something I have outlined in a previous post.

As well as my own content I’ll also be putting up what I would consider, really informative songwriting, music business and home recording articles that I find through my continuous online research into such topics but don’t worry, I’ll make sure I get the appropriate permissions from the original authors before putting them online.

Creating an articles page on this site and filling it with my past content is just another way that I can simplify my online activity, therefore allowing me to focus on my goals more effectively.

I’ve always been curious about article marketing and how it could help me as an online musician. Now I have my chance to put some theories to the test but I’ll tell you more about that in a later post.

BTW, If you have written or, you know of any content dealing with songwriting, music business or home recording that you want to recommend me put up on Corey Stewart Online, then please contact me.

I’d love to hear from you.

Peace,

Corey :)

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CD Project Update #11 – I’m Past The Halfway Point

Next Wednesday I start recording my CD again after a 7 week absence primarily due to my recent illness.

I’ve got to admit though, I’m feeling a little bit nervous about getting back into the studio.

I mean, just thinking about it makes the little voice in my head come up with all sorts of excuses not to record and throw in some good old fashioned self doubting negativity for good measure.

Such as…

  • “It’s been a while, are you up to it now?”
  • “The break was too long, might as well give up now?”
  • “You’ll never get your CD finished”
  • “You said you’d have your CD finished by your birthday. You’ve FAILED!”
  • “Forget about your CD, just play covers, thats where the money is”

Oh, it just goes on and on and on. How much of it I take notice of depends on how I’m feeling on any particular day but thankfully today, the little voice is talking bullshit so I’m feeling okay.

I’ve actually worked out that I’m past the halfway point in the recording process so I’m starting to think about what I’m going to do about getting my CD out into the wider world and how I’m going to sell it.

Just like every other songwriter before me, I’ve now got to answer the age old question for myself…

“I’ve recorded a CD. Now what do I do?”

As having a CD marketing, distribution and selling strategy is essential in ensuring that not too many boxes of my CD’s will live under my bed, I’ll be spending some time working on that and sharing with you what I come up with on this blog.

At least doing it this way I’ll have something in writing

Peace,

Corey :)

SCALA Songwriting Workshop Tonight

I’m going to be one of the special guests along with good friend and songwriting partner Adrian Miller, for the last SCALA Songwriters Workshop for 2010 starting at 7:30pm sharp tonight at the Higher Ground Arts Cafe.

It runs for about 2 hours or so and in the first hour of the workshop, Adrian and I will talk about “The Joys Of Collaboration” in which we’ll feature two of our songs we’ve recently written together.

In the second hour all attendees will get a chance to play one of their original songs to the group for constructive feedback and encouragement and it’s all for a gold coin donation.

It happens tonight at Higher Ground Arts Cafe at 7:30pm sharp. If you’re in Adelaide I’d love to see you there.

Peace,

Corey :)

Today I Reaffirm My Musical Goals

Now that I’m fully back in the land of the living and feeling much better than I have in a long time, I thought that today would be a good day to reaffirm my musical goals.

And it’s this…

“To sustain a career as a full time songwriter/musician/blogger using the internet as my primary tool of promotion, networking and marketing.”

This doesn’t mean that the more traditional face to face stuff does not get neglected by the way. I actually love the cut and thrust of getting out there and networking, securing my own gigs and using the power of word of mouth advertising to create a community around me, my music and other projects that I’m involved in (such as the Open Mic Network).

Now, how am I going to achieve this? Well, I’ll do it by:

Simplifying my life I know I’ve written about this before on my blog but I do have the tendency to over-complicate and over-think aspects of my life and work which paralyses me through having too much choice.

I’ve started on the road to simplicity by finally deciding that this site is the main focus for all of my musical endeavours. In light of this I’ve just recently deleted my Orangutang Music website and redirected the URL to this site. My other blogs Songwriting Zen and Corey Stewart Songwriting Tips will follow the same fate once I export all of the valuable content elsewhere.

I will be having a closer look at ways in which I can streamline my online presence in the near future and it’s my intention to blog about it.

Focusing on my activity As well as over-complicating and over-thinking aspects of my life I also fall into the habit of doing far too many things at once under the guise of needing to “diversify my income.” The old jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none thing gets really boring after a while when you realise that you don’t get anything achieved by adopting this business model.

I know I can do a lot of things but I need to be mindful of what I’m really doing every time I decide to take on another job here, another role there.

Which leads on nicely to the last point…

Internalising my efforts I admit it, I’m a people pleaser. In the past I’ve done anything for anyone because I wanted to be seen as the “nice guy” in any situation and would do whatever I could to protect that stance, even at the cost to myself.

Well, there will be no more of that. Helping others is fine as long as it doesn’t get in the way of my own stuff.

I mean for starters I am my own web development, online marketing and music business consulting client and will work with myself as such. I’ll take on my own advice and will walk the walk that results from talking the talk (and some of you out there know how much I love to talk about the music business).

If I have time spare to work with anyone else in the same capacity I’ll do so and I’m always open to those opportunities but, at the same time, if I don’t, I won’t, simple as that.

I hope you’ll understand that if you’re the one doing the asking.

My live shows (mainly my covers gigs) and the Open Mic Network sustain me financially and give me the freedom to work on my other stuff during the day and that includes working on my health as well.

It’s my hope that I can achieve some sort of balance in my life so I can be the best person I can be for myself and for everyone else around me.

I’ve had my break and now it’s time for me to get back into it but this time I’ll be working smarter, not necessarily harder.

Peace,

Corey :)

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Mountain Top – Live

Mountain Top is the second song I played at the SCALA Open Mic Network Showcase last Thursday night (October 28th) that was put to video by Rob Childs of SCALA. This song is a few years old and I wrote soon after my band “FunkStar” broke up in 2001.

Mountain Top
©2001 C.Stewart

All the lessons that I’m learning
Are all lessons of the self?
A wise man once said “If you don’t love who you are
How the hell can you love anybody else”

I’m on a mountain top baby
Looking down on all I see
I’m on a mountain top baby
360 degrees

Some days I feel quite angry
And some day I feel quite sad
I can’t believe what has happened
To the best times a guy ever had

Chorus

It’s not a waste of time
Coz these times will come back again
But it’s up to me this time
And that means it’s gonna be right

If you believe that other people
Are for your happiness and how you’re perceived
Then when they let you down at the end of the day
There’s nothing left for you to believe

I’m on a mountain top baby
Looking down on all I see
I’m on a mountain top baby
360 degrees
I’m on a mountain top baby
With the sunlight over me
I’m on a mountain top baby
360 degrees

It’s always good to look at any situation from the perspective of being on top of a mountain, looking down on it all which is something I’ve been experiencing vividly of late.

This song tries to encapsulate that feeling.

Peace,

Corey :)

(When You Gonna) Stop Tearing Me Apart – Live

Last Thursday night I performed at the SCALA Open Mic Network Showcase and I was fortunate enough to have two of my songs put to video.

This first song “(When You Gonna) Stop Tearing Me Apart” is a C. Stewart/A. Miller collaboration which deals with a different way of approaching a relationship based song by the protagonist wishes a relationship to end rather than the cliched concept of wishing an unrequited relationship to begin.

Enjoy…

(When You Gonna) Stop Tearing Me Apart
©2010 C. Stewart / A. Miller

Why is it taking you so long to leave me?
Why have you let this thing drag on for years?
Why do you keep giving me this feeling
That I can’t wash away with my tears?
Instead of saying goodbye

When are you gonna stop tearing me apart?
When are you gonna stop breaking my heart?
All I want to know, are you going to let go?
When are you gonna stop tearing me apart?

When did you stop even wanting to love me?
Was there not something that I could have done?
And what makes you keep wanting to stay here
When you know that all meaning has gone?
Instead of saying goodbye

Chorus

When I look into your eyes I see nothing
I can’t even recognise who we were
As we walk down this road leading nowhere
Will you ever realise where we are?

Must I wait for another lifetime
To escape from all this misery?
Is there a chance that you might reconsider
And make up your mind to leave?
Is it time to say goodbye?

Chorus

Stop tearing me apart
Stop tearing me apart

This song was inspired by the title which suggested the overall story which then suggested the lyrical content.

I’ll put up the second video “Mountain Top” tomorrow.

Peace,

Corey :)